Ukraine, the United States starts Black Sea exercises in spite of Russian protests | Sputnik Military News
In the tension between Moscow and Kiev, large-scale exercises involving thousands of soldiers and dozens of ships will begin.
Despite Russia’s call for the cancellation of the exercise, Ukraine and the United States will start participating in military exercises in more than 30 countries in the Black Sea and southern Ukraine on Monday.
Haifeng 2021 comes after the tension between NATO and Moscow has increased, the latter said last week Fire a warning shot And dropped a bomb on the path of a British warship to drive it out of the Black Sea near the coast of Crimea.
Britain rejected Russia’s description of the incident.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and called it Russian territory, but the peninsula is considered part of Ukraine internationally.
The Russian Embassy in Washington called for the cancellation of the exercise last week, and the Russian Defense Ministry said it will respond when necessary to protect its national security.
Haifeng 2021 will last two weeks and will involve approximately 5,000 military personnel from NATO and other allied countries, as well as approximately 30 ships and 40 aircraft. The US guided-missile destroyer Ross and the US Marine Corps will participate.
Ukraine stated that the main goal is to gain experience in joint operations in multinational peacekeeping and security operations.
After Russia occupied Crimea and Russia supported the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine, relations between Kiev and Moscow declined sharply.
This year, when Russia assembled its troops on the Ukrainian border, tensions increased again, and some of them stayed there with their equipment.